GNA’s 2001 convention highlights: Economic and general welfare awards

GNA’s 2001 convention highlights: Economic and general welfare awards

Many activities take place at the Georgia Nurses Association Convention, and one of its best-kept secrets in past years has been the Economic and General Welfare Awards Breakfast. This year the Cabinet sponsored a reception instead to give recognition to individuals who excel in advocating for the economic and general welfare of nurse. The event was an overwhelming success.

GNA’s President, Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, served as the speaker for the momentous event. She recognized the cabinet and it members for the work they do in advocating on behalf of nurses in the three VAs GNA represents, Atlanta, Augusta and Dublin.

Chapters of the VAMC gave recognition to persons who excelled as Nurses Advocates. They are Helen Fain, Augusta, Wendy Roberts, Dublin, and Cecelia Blanc of Atlanta.

The prestigious Economic & General Welfare Chairperson Award was presented to Sylvia Smith, GNA’s Executive Assistant. Rogers Allen, E&GW’s Chair recognized Sylvia for the support she gave to the Atlanta VA and the Dublin VA during the raids. Regardless of what was asked of Sylvia and when it was asked, she never said no. She was always there to support them and made the chapter chairs and the Cabinet chair jobs much easier.

Under the new structure, the E&GW Cabinet now becomes the Labor Relations Unit. The members of the unit will now be elected by members within the collective bargaining units GNA represents. In light of this change, all outgoing Cabinet members were given certificates of appreciation for their work on the cabinet. Those members were Nancy Ice, Ruthie Pumphrey, Connie Graves, Helen Fain and Lorraine Jackson.

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